Warrabilla Wines big China award

Warrabilla Wines owners Amy and Andrew Sutherland Smith have brought home their second double-gold from an international wine show in the past 12 months.

Local winery Warrabilla Wines has stood strong against some the world’s most prominent wines and spirits winning the China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA) Best Value 2020. 

Warrabilla Wines, which is situated on the Murray Valley Highway between Yarrawonga and Rutherglen, walked away with a Double Gold CWSA Medal in a market that is experiencing a wine boom at a scale never seen before.

In its eighteenth year, the CWSA competition is long renowned internationally as the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China.

Warrabilla Wines’ General Manager Amy Sutherland Smith said the winery began exporting to China mid-2019 and this was the first showing of their wine at an awards show dedicated to the Chinese market. 

“We are only a small team with a small production and this win is our second double-gold from an international wine show in the past 12 months,” Ms Sutherland said. 

“While Rutherglen is noted for producing world class fortifieds, this award serves as a reminder that we are not a one-trick pony, our table wines are also exceptional,” she said. 

CWSA judge, Ng Wing Kwai said the China market is growing larger and larger every year. 

“CWSA medal stickers are well known as the stamp of approval that consumers immediately need to identify the best value wines and spirits.”

At CWSA Best Value 2020, thousands of wines from every corner of the globe were rigorously blind-tasted and scored by top wine buyers. High profile entrants this year included Penfolds, Carpenè Malvolti, Saint Clair Estate, Beaulieu Vineyard, DFJ Vinhos, Pernod Ricard and Evans & Tate.

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